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Wedding Day Makeup - Trial or No Trial?

19 Jun

I know there are a LOT of salons in Delhi that say “No, you can’t have a makeup trial before your wedding”. To all of them, I say – SCREW YOU!

Unless you have been my MUA on several occasions in the past, I cannot blindly trust you to give me picture-perfect makeup on the most important day of my life.

And no, it’s not my problem if you don’t have the business sense to lose 0.1% of your product stock to gain a new customer. And no, I am not pleased with your lack of concern at making my day go smoothly. I want to prepare in advance so that I can stay stress-free on wedding day. Brides-to-be, it’s your right to have a trial for your makeup, dress, heck, even your hair!

Does your tailor say, I’ll make any minor alterations on the day of your wedding?

Does your caterer say, you’ll taste my food only on wedding day?

Does your photographer say, I’ll show you samples of my work on wedding day?

So then why do MUAs have the right to say, I’ll do the first and final version of makeup on your face only on wedding day?

Of course, you’ll still find plenty that say “No trial” but I urge each and every one of you to not accept those MUAs. It’s your day, your closest family and friends will look at your face all night long, you will look at the photo albums decades after the wedding’s done.

Get that damn trial.

PS. Angry rant inspired after reading a MUA herself recommending a trial for peace of mind on wedding day.

@peahcesnblush to the rescue with Bridal Makeup Basics post

17 Jun

I just HAD to share this post from Peaches&Blush blog with you -

5 Basic Makeup Techniques Every Bride to Be Needs to Know!

P&B owner - Mehak, in my opinion, is one of the best Indian beauty bloggers. She’s getting married this June and has posted a bunch of really helpful posts on all-things-wedding over the last year. Go ahead and check out this post if you are also a fellow bride to be. You will NOT be dissapointed! In case you love it, bookmark the damn link. I know I have!

Help! I Am New To Makeup! via ATB

6 Jun

You’re getting married! Congratulations! What are you doing for your skin to look its absolute best on D-Day?

There are two ways your skin will look its best – makeup, and your own natural healthy glow. This two-part article by Addicted to Blush is a great guide for any bride who’s looking to start a skincare routine and get some makeup basics right:

I am New To Makeup – Help! Part I

I am New to Makeup – Help! Part II

It’s a start from scratch guide – perfect for complete novice brides like me!! My favourite parts:


  • If your budget is limited, spend more on skincare than makeup. Healthy skin looks good, without or with makeup.
  • Lightly steam your face for 5 minutes before exfoliation to increase its efficacy.
  • You must moisturize at night even if you don’t do it during the day. Your skin repairs itself at night.
  • Post waxing, use Cold Aloe Vera gel or Biotique Chorophyll gel – it really soothes the skin.
  • Drink coconut water everyday


  • For foundations, do make it a point to go shopping barefaced. Try it on your skin, go & see what it looks like in the sunlight & wear it for a good 3-4 hours before you purchase. Some foundations tend to oxidise (turn darker) with time on oily skin, a 3-4 trial will give you ample time to test it.
  • To deal with pigmented lips, when applying liquid foundation, lightly apply a layer over the lips as well to tone down their pigmentation

My first attempt at applying liquid foundation

4 Jun

Remember how I told you my Chambor foundation was almost over in a recent post on my introduction to the world of makeup? Well, I’ve been on the look out for a new foundation to buy. Chambor works perfectly well for me, but considering that I’m getting married this October I thought it would be a good idea to give some other foundations a shot. “What if there’s something *better* out there?”

My mother has the Revlon Touch & Glow foundation, so I thought “might as well try out what’s at home first”. My skin tone matches hers, mostly. So this Saturday I got my hands on it and tried it out.

Ok, quick word about my experience with foundation. I’ve only ever owned ONE - Chambor’s Wet & Dry Brightening foundation. You pick up the product with a wet sponge, and use that sponge to apply it on your face. It’s fairly easy to apply, you just have to remember to blend.

The Revlon Touch & Glow foundation I was about to try was a liquid foundation. Liquid. Now, that scared me. I had no idea how to use it. And no, I was not going to use my fingers. I’m quite sure fingers can’t blend any foundation the way a brush can. Thankfully, mother found this huge set of brushes somebody had gifted to her and it had a big flat dense brush. However, the entire set was gifted to her 2 years back, she never used it and they weren’t exactly MAC quality brushes (laughing at myself for saying this, considering how I’ve never actually owned a MAC brush!).

Anyway, I had the foundation in place. I had a brush in place. But, what’s the technique? So I googled (of course) and here’s what I found: How to Apply Liquid Foundation. It’s a very helpful article, and I followed it to the T (except the applying loose powder part). And yes, the foundation seemed to have blended extremely well. I thought my skin looked pretty darn good, and that’s when I realised - give me any decent foundation and I will be able to apply it! :) Of course, all thanks to this article. It also taught me what stippling is (from the comments section):

“Stippling is dotting a product in a tapping motion over an area (as opposed to buffing {essentially rubbing in circular motions} or patting {which is like stippling, but with a flat-sided brush and a slight bit of drag}) with a flat top brush. All “motion” should be perpendicular to the surface. Stippling creates a pixeled effect: the fine tips of the brush hairs create minuscule dots of product on the skin, and by stippling over an area, you can cover textured surfaces (scars, burns, etc.) evenly and mimic the skin’s natural appearance, as well as eliminating the chance of brush marks. Stippling also allows product to be applied over another product without disturbing it. If this was unclear, stippling is dotting it over the area many multiples of times-not just once or twice-until the product seems to meld into your skin.”

I did face some issues though:

  1. The brush I used was not exactly a stippling brush, which is what is typically used for applying foundation I think. This one was not as soft, so it felt a little pokey and this made it slightly difficult to stipple and buff (another term I learnt through this article!) Lesson learnt: I need to buy a stippling brush
  2. It’s the peak of summer season here in Delhi, so the foundation started to dry off pretty quickly on my hand and on my face. I needed to be quicker, which was difficult since I was doing it for the first time!
  3. After being out for 2 hours, the foundation started to look a little dry - this could be because of the Delhi heat, the not-so-great brush I used or my novice hands.

So if you’re also looking for a good technique to apply liquid foundation using a brush, go check out this article. It’s really great and explains it through easy-to-understand images.

How to Hire a Makeup Artist for your wedding via ATB

1 Jun

How I got started on the last post was actually when I read this post on Addicted to Blush about How to Hire A Makeup Artist. I love all the points in this post, but my top ones would be:

  • going to makeup counters of department stores and finding your MUA for the wedding at a reasonable rate (I think I’ve found mine at MAC!)
  • getting a trial with your MUA. If he/she refuses to do a trial, even if he/she is somewhat famous, I wouldn’t go with him/her. And if they’re famous, they’ll be expensive, more the reason for you to have a trial so that you don’t regret paying through your nose for just-ok-makeup on your wedding day!
  • Plan to buy the same lip color / gloss from the makeup artist so you can take it with you that night—you shouldn’t need to reapply anything else” - how I wish I’d read this before my roka! This is SO important!

A Bride to Be and Know Nothing About Make Up? Why you need to learn NOW

1 Jun

A Rookie’s Journey with Makeup

14 months ago, I bought my first foundation. Before that, I’d only used my mother’s compact powders for basically patting my oily T-zone into better shape just before a big dinner party. Then, one fine sunny day, somebody gave me gift vouchers to Shoppers Stop.

As some of you may know, Shoppers Stop houses a large range of cosmetics brands. I walked up to the Chambor counter (probably because it looked pretty), and am I glad I did! The saleswoman matched me to my perfect shade, and I was the proud owner of Chambor Brightening Foundation Wet & Dry. I used it a little bit in the first month, but then I stopped because I felt like – it showed that I’d put on makeup. You see, I had also bought my first tinted lip balm at that time – Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick SPF 15 in Blush. The balm, although sheer in coverage, made my lip color pop, and its effect with the foundation was looking too made up. I wanted something more natural. I continued to use the lip balm (am halfway through my second one now), but the foundation usage more or less went down to only the big occasions.

Then came my roka ceremony (a semi-official engagement ceremony, for the uninitiated) in December 2011. I would need to put on makeup, and my novice hands were just not going to cut it – I needed to learn. I did some research online, and found out that MAC was the go-to makeup brand for most people, albeit an expensive one. So off I went, with my list of things to buy in hand. Fortunately for me, I met the best makeup artist (MUA) there. Let’s just say, out went the plan of trying to do my own makeup on the roka, and I was sold on the idea of coming in on D-Day and getting it done by her in exchange for buying beauty products. In hindsight, it was a pain to get to the mall to get my makeup done (I was late for my own roka!) but well worth the effort.

You must be wondering, why the detailed roka makeup description? Because that was a turning point. I saw the way the MUA applied the makeup, and I realized – I’ve been applying it the wrong way! With my Chambor foundation, I was using big sweeping strokes with the sponge to apply the foundation. Literally painting it on. Big. Fat. Mistake. Most of you who have been applying foundation for long enough would’ve gasped in horror if you saw my application technique. MAC was also the place where I first learnt that

  • people actually use brushes to apply makeup (yes, I was that unaware)
  • that there are different brushes for different kinds of makeup
  • and that a good brush can make all the difference!

Since then, my makeup routine and application techniques have changed drastically. I have also learnt how moisturizing is such an important part of your routine – without it, the foundation looks dry, patchy, flaky – you name it! I now use a face wash, toner, moisturizer, primer (MAC’s prep+prime with SPF 50) and then finally the foundation with a sponge. My Chambor foundation is almost over now - have been using it almost daily for the last few months, since I learnt how to use it correctly! I make the sponge wet first (it’s actually a compact powder that can be used as a foundation by making the sponge wet), sweep on some of the foundation onto the sponge, press the sponge onto a few spots on my face (cheeks, nose, eyelids, undereye, chin, upper lip, forehead – basically a few dots all over the face), and then blend like a crazy person. The way I use it, the coverage is very sheer. If I want greater coverage, I can always take a larger amount of the foundation onto the sponge. Post foundation, I don’t use the compact powder because I feel it starts to look cakey then, and I like the slightly dewy finish it gives.

Moral of this long story was, BLEND your foundation and it will make a world of a difference! :)

Why All Bride to Be’s Should Learn Basic Makeup

Ok, no. Before I start to sound more like a beauty blogger (which I have no right to be considering I’ve ever only used foundation and don’t own a single makeup brush) than a bridal blogger, let me say something which all brides-to-be should know and consider. As Indians, we have a lot of wedding functions happening over a course of a few days. Hiring a MUA on all those days will burn a massive hole in your pocket. Unless you have really deep pockets, in which case I apologise for making you go through this long post – you can stop reading now. For the rest of us, it’s important to start learning about makeup. If you’re a bride to be, you must start soon. Ideally, give yourself enough time before the wedding to:

  • try out different beauty products and see which ones work for you
  • learn some basic makeup techniques

This is the advice my mother gave me! Initially I just got annoyed with her and kept saying “Ufff! I don’t need makeup!” But then I saw my face in a photograph after I’d put on makeup. What a big difference! It honestly does even out the skin tone, lightens your dark circles, and a little bit of blush and lipstick can give you a very healthy glow.

So yes, fellow brides to be - learn some basics of makeup because you will need it on all those wedding functions when the MUA will not be by your side. It’s also useful as a lifetime practice because your pictures turn out better, the oily-skin girls can finally use sunscreen (cover it with foundation and voila! Oiliness gone!) and on those special occasions you know what you’re doing! Check out my Bridal Beauty Page on the blog for links to some great beauty blogs and websites.

Thanks for tuning in, and once again – apologies for such a long post. Many more coming soon :)

Edit: My Chambor foundation is almost finished, and I want to try out something new. Any suggestions?

Top 7 Bridal Beauty Mistakes via

23 May

Just read this absolutely essential article on - Top 7 Bridal Beauty Mistakes.

These are the ones I found particularly useful:

Mistake No. 1: Skipping blush

I rarely, if ever, use blush. And when I do, I build it up to a barely there coverage. However, on the Big Day, I think barely there will not do. It should atleast show up in photos, giving you a flushed cheeks look and if combined with a well-contoured definition, nothing like it!

Mistake No. 3: Forgetting a second pair of shoes

Specially important on Sangeet night. You don’t want to be dancing bare feet on that dirty dance floor in case the partying goes on till late - carry a pair of jootis that will match with your suit, or a pair of super comfy flat sandals that will go under than lehenga.

Mistake No. 4: Leaving your lipstick at home

On my roka ceremony, I got my makeup done at MAC. The MUA (make up artist) put on a red shade of lipstick, and I didn’t have that on me. So mid-way through the ceremony, it had faded too much but I had nothing to do a touch-up with. Luckily, my aunt had a lipstick I used, but it wasn’t the same shade and you could see the difference in photographs. Don’t make this mistake!

Ideal Makeup for Wedding Day

2 May
Have you heard about Nisha & Jiten’s wedding? If you’ve been following real weddings on any of the wedding websites, chances are you probably have. I have no idea who Nisha & Jiten are, but her wedding lehenga is WOW. And her wedding day makeup - PERFECT. That amount of makeup is EXACTLY what I want. Here’s the link to their wedding video - just check out how lovely her makeup is when they’re sitting at the mandap and she looks at her soon-to-be-hubby and gives him a big grin.

Busting 10 make-up Myths

30 Apr
This post by Elton Fernandez gives you a kick on your butt for believing some rubbish myths!I was most happy to see the correct place to apply blush on your face, but I do not agree completely with shaping the eyebrows point - some of us actually have eyebrows that don’t need to be plucked, bleached or colored. What say?Check it out on Miss Malini’s blog.


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